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Appeals Division

The Appellate Division is responsible for supervising the office’s appeals in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The responsibilities of the Appellate Division include writing briefs and presenting arguments in the circuit court of appeals, assisting other AUSAs in drafting and editing briefs, and conducting moot courts and otherwise preparing AUSAs for oral arguments. The Appellate Division also coordinates with the Department of Justice and the Solicitor General on such issues as potential government appeals, deciding when to seek appellate review of trial level rulings adverse to the United States, petitions for rehearing en banc, and U.S. Supreme Court litigation in all cases involving the government arising from the district.

In addition, the Division is responsible for keeping AUSAs informed of changes and developments in the law, providing legal advice generally to Civil and Criminal Division AUSAs and to the United States Attorney, determining whether to file government appeals, reviewing district court filings on significant points of law, and participating in the formulation of policy.

For information about cases before the Sixth Circuit, you may visit the Sixth Circuit web site at

Updated July 24, 2015

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